DCI Fuel Cards Review: Are They Right for Your Fleet?

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DCI Fuel Card Review

Diesel Card Ireland or DCI is the leading fuel card in Ireland. It provides access to a network of over 1,000 service stations in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. DCI has been providing fuel cards for over 20 years. There is no minimum spend and DCI claims to provide competitive rates. Solutions are flexible and there are no joining fees. Members also get access to account management and route planning tools.

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DCI Fuel Card Review
Petrol
Diesel
Sign-Up FeesNone
Annual FeesNone
SupportTelephone
Online
Fleet Support
Fuel Card Management OptionsOnline account management tools
E-route route planning
Automatic revenue approved monthly invoicing
Interest free credit
Summary
★★★★
Reviewed by Expert Market06/01/2023

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DCI Fuel Card Prices

DCI provide three fuel cards: the DCI Diesel Fuel Card; Texaco Fast Fuel Ireland card and the Diesel Price Guarantee Fuel Card. There are no recurring fees or start-up costs, but as for the other costs, they’re not too transparent when it comes to pricing.

DCI Fuel Card Overview

The DCI Diesel Fuel Card is designed for businesses and organisations whose primary requirement is complete network coverage in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. The full network of 1,719 filling stations includes 179 in Northern Ireland. Diesel prices are fixed twice a week in line with the wholesale markets, Consolidated revenue approved VAT invoices are proved monthly. All customers are provided with access to Velocity account management software and e-route journey planner.

Texaco Fast Fuel Ireland is designed for car and van fleets. It provides access to a network of 300 stations with twice weekly fixed wholesale diesel prices and competitively priced petrol. The Diesel Price Guarantee Fuel Card provides access to the full network of 1,719 filling stations but prices are set weekly. However if fuel could be purchased at lower prices, the difference between that and the price paid is refunded.

DCI Fuel Cards

DCI Diesel Fuel Card

DCI Diesel Fuel Card
Quick overview

The card is designed primarily for truck fleets that need wide network coverage. Features include:

  • Access to a network of 1,719 filling stations across Ireland including HGV friendly sites with high canopies and fast fuel pumps
  • Diesel prices are fixed twice weekly in line with the wholesale fuel markets.
  • Billing is monthly and there are no interest charges.
  • Consolidated Revenue Approved VAT invoices are provided.
  • Account management software package Velocity and route planning software e-route are provided.
  • The card is PIN protected and includes additional security features such as unauthorised purchase alerts.

Texaco Fast Fuel Ireland Card

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Texaco Fast Fuel Ireland Card
Quick overview

The Texaco Fast Fuel Ireland card is designed for van and car fleets. Diesel pricing is set twice weekly in line with wholesale markets, and petrol prices are competitive. However the network is restricted to 400 filling stations including those branded Texaco and Maxol. Velocity account management and e-route software is freely available to members. Consolidated Revenue Approved invoices are provided monthly and there are no joining fees.

Diesel Price Guarantee Fuel Card

Diesel Price Guarantee Fuel Card
Quick overview

In many ways similar to the DCI Diesel Fuel Card, the Diesel Price Guarantee Fuel Card uses weekly rather than twice weekly pricing. This is of benefit to organisations that need to plan their expenditure on a weekly basis. An additional benefit is that in the case of diesel being purchased at higher prices than would have been available with the Diesel Fuel Card, the price difference is refunded.

Our Methodology: How Did We Do Our Research?

Five researchers carried out in-depth research into UK fuel cards according to a comparison framework designed by our research team leader. For each card we’ve asked these questions:

  • How convenient is it to use?
  • How helpful is it for managing fuel expenses?
  • What can it do to ensure your company’s funds are secure?
  • What extra benefits do you receive from using it?

We’ve also broken down each card by fee structure, fuel type, network coverage and more to offer you the easiest choice.

Verdict

DCI provides flexible fuel card solutions for HGV, van and car fleets operating across Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Members can opt for weekly or twice-weekly pricing of diesel and competitive petrol prices. All cards are PIN protected and include additional security, account management and e-routing software.

With no additional charges for the cards, up to one month interest free credit, and access to the best network in Ireland, DCI’s flexible approach to fuel cards is certainly appealing. It is particularly appealing for diesel fleets though the Texaco Fast Fuel Ireland card is also an attractive solution for mixed petrol and diesel fleets.

While the DCI cards are certainly worthy of consideration, they are not the only choice. For instance you might prefer a card that includes network coverage outside Ireland. With Expert Market you can quickly find out more information tailored to your specific needs. You can use our quick and free quote comparison tool – simply give us some details about your business and we’ll put you in touch with the providers that can meet your needs.

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Written by:
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Specialising in business software, Julia writes jargon-busting guides about VoIP, fleet management, dash cams, fuel cards, and more. Having spent almost a decade writing for entrepreneurs and reviewing business solutions, she loves helping exciting ventures – big or small – to flourish.
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Maïté Bouhali
Maite began her career with Expert Market nearly four years ago as a writer. She quickly developed a passion for the challenges faced by small businesses and now endeavours to help them make informed decisions for their future. In her current position as Business Software Editor, Maite works closely with writers to ensure that each article is informative, well-researched, engaging, and actionable for readers. With extensive knowledge of CRM, vehicle tracking devices, and fuel cards, she is meticulous in her review of each article and provides detailed feedback before publication. Whether you're seeking to stay informed on the latest trends in business software or need guidance in selecting the most appropriate software for your organisation's needs, Maite is here to help. With her sharp eye for detail and commitment to quality, she is dedicated to supporting businesses in achieving their goals.